2020-11-15
Heaven Songs Part 2
Series: The End
As we mentioned two weeks ago, chapters four and five form a unit, and should be regarded as one chapter.  Two weeks back  we covered chapter four, today we continue the scene in Heaven with chapter 5.  Chapters four and five are a vision of Heaven and the very throne of God.  In chapter five, this seven-seal book is a book of revelation.  Thus, it’s a book of revelation within a book of revelation, because it reveals the events of the world from the time of the Apostle John to the return of Christ. The seven seals lead to the seven trumpets and the trumpets lead to the seven bowls of wrath or plagues. It’s a revelation of the defeat of Christ’s enemies, as well as the persecution and suffering of Christ’s followers.
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  • 2020-11-15Heaven Songs Part 2
    2020-11-15
    Heaven Songs Part 2
    Series: The End
    As we mentioned two weeks ago, chapters four and five form a unit, and should be regarded as one chapter.  Two weeks back  we covered chapter four, today we continue the scene in Heaven with chapter 5.  Chapters four and five are a vision of Heaven and the very throne of God.  In chapter five, this seven-seal book is a book of revelation.  Thus, it’s a book of revelation within a book of revelation, because it reveals the events of the world from the time of the Apostle John to the return of Christ. The seven seals lead to the seven trumpets and the trumpets lead to the seven bowls of wrath or plagues. It’s a revelation of the defeat of Christ’s enemies, as well as the persecution and suffering of Christ’s followers.
  • 2020-11-08Jesus’ Wedding Parallels
    2020-11-08
    Jesus’ Wedding Parallels
    Series: The End
    The Jewish wedding is one of the cornerstones of scripture. During the first century, the Jewish wedding customs were long recognized as a pattern for the redemption. of mankind.  This is rather hard to miss, particularly when John referred specifically to the marriage supper of the Lamb! (Revelation 19:9).  Because we live in the modern western world, we do not fully catch the significance of the ancient Jewish marriage customs and how Paul used them in parallel to the marriage of the first century church.  Jesus and Paul paid meticulous attention to detail as they use the Jewish marriage customs in scripture.  Every Christian should have a good book on ancient Jewish customs due to how often they are used in the Bible.  Today, with our guest speaker Johnnie Achord, we will examine those marriage customs and how they provide a picture to the teachings of Christ and His bride the church.
  • 2020-11-02Heaven Songs Part 1
    2020-11-02
    Heaven Songs Part 1
    Series: The End
    Chapters four and five of the Book of Revelation form a unit, and should be regarded as one chapter.  Pastor Kevin will cover chapter four today and then chapter five next week.  The actual events of Revelation begin in chapter six.  Chapters four and five are a vision of Heaven and the very throne of God.  Persecution and suffering are themes of the seven churches that Jesus addressed in chapters two and three, and this vision of Heaven serves to comfort and encourage Christians in the midst of it.  We’re to live with eternity in view, and this vision of Heaven and of God’s glory, helps us to keep our focus where it needs to be as we go through the difficulties of this life.
  • 2020-10-25Laodicea: The Nauseating Church
    2020-10-25
    Laodicea: The Nauseating Church
    Series: The End
    The seventh and final letter to the churches of ancient Asia Minor is to the church in the city of Laodicea.  This last message is found in Revelation 3:14-22. Laodicea was a wealthy, industrious city in the province of Phrygia in the Lycos Valley.  The message is from the Lord Jesus Christ via an angel or messenger (likely a reference to the church’s pastor): “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write . . .” (Revelation 3:14).  This was not simply John’s message to those in Laodicea; it was a message from the Lord. Jesus identifies Himself thus: “The Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation.”  These titles emphasize the Lord’s faithfulness, sovereignty, and power to bring all things to their proper completion (the “Amen”).
  • 2020-10-18Philadelphia: The Great Commission Church
    2020-10-18
    Philadelphia: The Great Commission Church
    Series: The End
    The ancient city of Philadelphia, which sits near the Cogamus River, is 44 kilometers (27 miles) from Sardis and 77 kilometers (48 miles) from Laodicea. It is located in the Kuzucay valley, near the bottom of Mount Bozdad, in modern Turkey's province of Manisa. Behind the city are volcanic cliffs which the locals call 'inkwells.' The church in Philadelphia was the sixth of seven churches who received a spiritual evaluation directly from God through Jesus Christ. Jesus affirms the church’s positive actions: “I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name” (Revelation 3:8). The church of Philadelphia was weak in some respects, yet they had remained faithful in the face of trial. Because of this, the Lord promises them an “open door” of blessing.
  • 2020-10-11Sardis: The Dying Church
    2020-10-11
    Sardis: The Dying Church
    Series: The End
    Sardis was about 40 miles (60 kilometers) south of Thyatira. The Christians in the other churches believed that the church in Sardis was doing well. Perhaps the church members at Sardis believed that too. However, Christ knew the truth about that church. It is the Spirit that gives life. That was what the church at Sardis needed. Christ considered it dead, or almost dead. Jesus quickly and clearly condemns the lifeless state of the Sardian church: “I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead” (Revelation 3:2). This church may have had a good reputation, but they were spiritually lifeless. In other words, the church was filled with unsaved people going through the motions of religion. Jesus then calls them to repent of their sin: “Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God. Remember, therefore, what you received and heard; obey it, and repent”
  • 2020-10-04Thyatira: The Tolerant Church
    2020-10-04
    Thyatira: The Tolerant Church
    Series: The End
    As we look at these seven letters in the book of Revelation, it is helpful to remember two things about them: First, they are a picture of seven kinds of churches that you find in any age, in any period of history. Every church in the world today will fall into one or more of these categories of churches. We fit into one of these ourselves. The second thing is the prophetic nature of these letters. They are a preview of the entire age of the church, falling into seven periods, from the first coming of our Lord to his second appearing.  Today we come to the fourth of these churches, the church at Thyatira. Beginning in Verse 18 of Chapter 2, the Lord addresses the angel of the church. Thyatira was located about 35 miles southeast of Pergamum. It was a very small city, but a busy commercial center. It was on a major road of the Roman Empire, and, because of this, many trade unions had settled in this city.
  • 2020-09-20Smyrna: The Faithful Church
    2020-09-20
    Smyrna: The Faithful Church
    Series: The End
    A church like Smyrna, poor in economic terms, but rich in spiritual terms, is being praised by Jesus.  This is the kind of church that can survive the Tribulation.  Their treasure and their hearts were in Heaven.  Can we say the same thing?
  • 2020-09-13Ephesus: The Loveless Church
    2020-09-13
    Ephesus: The Loveless Church
    Series: The End
    In today's message, Pastor Kevin examines the first letter to the seven churches in Asia Minor, beginning with the church at Ephesus. Many of the churches had lost their way in one form or another, and they needed to turn back to Christ.  We will see part of that repentance was turning their focus from their sins back to Jesus and locking their eyes on Him no matter what situation they were in.
  • 2020-08-30A Christ Centered Vision
    2020-08-30
    A Christ Centered Vision
    Series: The End
    In today's session, we begin with Jesus revealing Himself in a vision to His beloved disciple John.  We will see that Jesus is revealed in the glory of the most holy God, affirming that He is the Son of God.  Then we will see Jesus reveal His power over time, death, and hell, each of which factor significantly in the rest of Revelation.
  • 2020-08-23The Revelation of Jesus Christ
    2020-08-23
    The Revelation of Jesus Christ
    Series: The End
    Today Pastor Kevin is beginning a new series called "The End: A Study of Revelation".  In today's message, Pastor Kevin will start by answering some basic questions, like, "What is the Book of Revelation?" and "Why was the Book of Revelation written?"  He will also cover the four different interpretations of the study of Revelation and the three millennial views.